With its magnificent architecture, vast public gardens and wide boulevards, Vienna is a city of undeniable grandeur. But beyond the soaring royal residences and 5-star hotels, there’s a charming, everyday side to the Austrian capital. Take a luxury holiday to Vienna and you can experience everything this city has to offer – from its bustling cafés to its designer boutiques.
The historic heart of Vienna is its first district, the Innere Stadt or “Inner City”. This area is encircled by the Ringstrasse, a circular boulevard dotted with architectural wonders such as the Vienna State Opera House, and is the perfect place to begin your tour of beautiful Vienna. Sightsee from the comfort of the Vienna Ring Tram, or simply walk the streets marvelling at the palaces, parliamentary buildings, and well-kept public gardens.
Neighbouring Leopoldstadt, which is bound by the Danube and the Danube Canal, is a hotspot for chic coffee shops, modern restaurants, and large green areas. Here you’ll also find Prater, home to a historic amusement park with a famous Ferris wheel. For the best retail therapy head to the districts of Mariahilf and Neubau, which are divided by the Mariahiler Strasse, the city’s most popular shopping boulevard.
Neubau is also home to the MuseumsQuartier, a lovingly restored complex of baroque and modern buildings that houses the finest museums and galleries in the city. In Margareten – Vienna’s bohemian district and a hub for art and design – you can gawp at the beautiful architecture and browse for bargains at the city’s oldest market, Naschmarkt. Away from the bustling centre, Donauinsel (Danube Island) promises sunbathing, swimming, and boating.